Joint Warrior 18: 40 Commando Beach Assault (#JointWarrior)
Royal Marine Commandos Demonstrate Skills on Exercise Joint Warrior
Royal Marine Commandos are being put through their paces on Exercise Joint Warrior 18. Photographs just released by the MOD show the Commandos raiding beaches and conducting company attacks as part of the multinational exercise.
40 Commando is a battalion-sized Royal Marines unit within 3 Commando Brigade, based near Taunton in Somerset.
Alpha Company, 40 Commando, Royal Marines, staged an amphibious insertion by Offshore Raiding Craft (ORC) from RFA Lyme Bay during the exercise.
Charlie Company, 40 Commando, Royal Marines, conducted a company attack at Pembrey, Wales, on April 30, 2018.
Also on the sand at Pembrey, an RAF C-130 Hercules from RAF Brize Norton conducted dramatic touch and go beach landings.
Other Commandos involved in Joint Warrior 18 included 29 Commando. Unlike other green berets, 29 Commando are part of the British Army rather than the Royal Marines, but like the Royal Marines, members must pass the arduous All Arms Commando Course.
Although part of the British Army’s Royal Artillery, 29 Commando is under the operational control of 3 Commando Brigade, providing artillery support and gunnery observation.
During Ex Joint Warrior 18, Staff Sgt. Steven Kelly, survival instructor with 29 Commando, taught US Marines from the 4th Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company, Force Headquarters Group, necessary survival procedures should they be stuck in the wilderness for an extended time, in Durness, Scotland, April 26, 2018.
The British Army’s 59 Commando Engineer Squadron have also been involved in Joint Warrior 18, supporting 40 Commando, Royal Marines.
Their final mission on Joint Warrior 18 saw 40 Commando deploying by Chinook helicopter.
Images: Joint Warrior 18 (Crown Copyright, 2018).